Treadmill desks offer limited benefits, pose challenges in the workplace, study shows

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Date: Feb. 28, 2015
Publisher: NewsRX LLC
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Length: 709 words
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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- CORVALLIS, Ore. - Treadmill desks can help overweight or obese office workers get out of their chairs and get moving, but a 12-week study by an Oregon State University researcher found that the increase in physical activity was small and did not help workers meet public health guidelines for daily exercise (see also Obesity).

Introducing treadmill desks in the workplace also can pose logistical challenges that may not make such a program feasible for companies, said John M. Schuna, Jr., an assistant professor of exercise and sports science in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.

In a small study of treadmill desk use by overweight and obese office workers, Schuna and his colleagues found that workers who used the desks increased their average number of daily steps by more than 1,000, but did not record any significant weight loss or changes in Body Mass Index after 12 weeks. The employees only used the treadmills about half the time they were...

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